Tractor-trailer hits Peace Street bridge in Raleigh

Posted May 15

A 53-foot Penske rental truck became the latest to get stuck under the Peace Street Bridge in downtown Raleigh Thursday morning.

— A 53-foot Penske rental truck became the latest to get stuck under the Peace Street bridge in downtown Raleigh Thursday morning. 

The eastbound tractor-trailer hit the railroad overpass during the morning commute on Peace Street near Glenwood Avenue. The trailer crumpled and broke in half when it hit the overpass.

No injuries were reported, but Raleigh police said the truck could be stuck for much of the morning.

Flashing lights and signs warn drivers about the low overpass, but several trucks have hit the bridge in the past several months. The bridge clearance is 12 feet 4 inches.


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  • greg69innc May 16, 9:21 a.m.

    I do not understand why drivers are having trouble with this bridge. All professional drivers know that a standard height of 13" 6" is the clearance for a truck. All professional drivers know that they should know the route they are taking. This bridge is listed in the commercial vehicle Rand McNally atlas that all drivers should have with them.

    In my fifteen years of driving low clearances were not an issue as I planned my route and if I was not sure about a route I called the customer just to check and make sure there were no low clearances to their facility.

    For me this is just inexcusable for this to happen.

  • commonsenseisn't May 16, 8:52 a.m.

    They could realign the road so that trucks will not fit through the opening or around the obstacles.

  • spiritseeker May 15, 7:33 p.m.

    Skeeter II the 12'4" clearance is the vertical distance from the bottom of the overpass to the road and does not take into account the slope of the road on either side of the overpass. The calculation of the clearance cannot just be the vertical measurement because of the approach and exit which when you diagram it out pushes that height up by probably around 14' or more for a 53' 18 wheeler.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 4:51 p.m.

    Light rail will solve the problem.

    — Posted by Titus Pullo

    - How? Light rail requires tracks. Plus, both passenger AND freight trains use the tracks above that bridge, and I can't see freight trains changing to light rail, can you?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 4:50 p.m.

    "That won't work. Truckers will simply ignore that sign as well. Much cheaper to build the... View More

    — Posted by Earth Brooks

    Not if railroad crossing arms drop in front of traffic so that traffic comes to a complete stop... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again


    If the bridge is raised, train traffic has to stop too, and no state has the authority to do that.

    Plus, how many times have you seen bridges trains travel on raise? It's the motor vehicle traffic that has to stop, not the trains.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 4:48 p.m.

    all you "road engineers," I have the cheapest solution...

    do nothing! let the truck's insurance... View More

    — Posted by archmaker

    - The truck didn't hurt the bridge THIS TIME, but from what I recall, trucks have hurt it a time or two in the past, to say nothing of human injury.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 4:46 p.m.

    "Not if railroad crossing arms drop in front of traffic so that traffic comes to a complete stop... View More

    — Posted by Earth Brooks

    They would not plow through the crossing arms as these would be made of steel and most certainly... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again


    Personally, I don't care if the truck is damaged if the driver chooses to plow right through anyway.

    What I care about is human injury/death and bridge damage.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 4:45 p.m.

    The 12 feet 4 inches is the height to the bottom of the bridge, but the approach in both... View More

    — Posted by skeeter II


    I can't imagine that particular track route changing because it's a major track.

    Limiting truck traffic there would be a good idea, but there is an entrance and exit there that trucks need to get on to US1 north.

  • excalibur810 May 15, 3:53 p.m.

    say what you can't fit a 13' 6" trailer under a 12' 4" bridge...

  • Mon Account May 15, 3:46 p.m.

    I'm kinda surprised that the headline isn't: "Tractor-trailer hits Peace St bridge ... ...... View More

    — Posted by Ijaz Fahted

    LOL, exactly. We should start a pool - 365 days, plop down your money on the days you think it'll get hit...